League will not suspend Flyers G Ray Emery

Nov 2, 4:24 PM

After the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals line brawl Friday night, the league has decided not to suspend Flyers goaltender Ray Emery for his fight with Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.

Emery had gone after Holtby even though Holtby made it clear he did not want to fight. There was speculation Emery would be getting a call from the league for the excessive nature of the fight, but Pierre LeBrun says otherwise.

Nov 5, 4:35 PM

Shanahan 'hates' what Emery did

Nov 5, 4:35 PM

Despite not suspending Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery for his aggressive pummeling of Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, NHL Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan 'hates' what Emery did to Holtby.

“I hate what Ray Emery did,” Shanahan told Sportsnet. “I wouldn’t like it if I were a teammate of his. I wouldn’t like it if I were an opponent of his. And I think, more important, if the rest of the caretakers of our game, the general managers, don’t like it, it’s important for us to say when a rule is not properly addressed in the rulebook. And I don’t think it is.”

As has been discussed earlier, the rule regarding "aggressors" was addressed by Shanahan in 2012, when he handed then Senators forward Matt Carkner a one-game suspension for his role in a one-sided fight with New York Rangers forward Brian Boyle.

(H/T) to Pro Hockey Talk

Nov 3, 11:36 AM

Bettman on Emery fight: 'I don't think anybody liked it'

Nov 3, 11:36 AM

This weekend. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman shared his thoughts on Ray Emery's role in the melee between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Bettman admitted that he didn't like the way event unfolded in that contest, but had no grounds to punish Emery for the bout. Bettman further suggested that the league might look to add rules designed to prevent similar incidents going forward.

"We constantly monitor and look at the game," Bettman told the Columbus Dispatch. "There was no rule that was violated to elevate things to the level of a suspsension. It’s something we’ll continue to discuss."

"I don’t think anybody liked it, liked what it looked like. Fortunately it’s not something that happens very often. But I’m sure it’s something we’ll focus on, particularly with the general managers."

Nov 2, 6:39 PM

Ray Emery will start Saturday vs. Devils

Nov 2, 6:39 PM

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery will get the start Saturday against the New Jersey Devils, just one night after racking up 19 penalty minutes and earning a game misconduct after a fighting incident with Braden Holtby.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Steve Mason would get the start for the Flyers, but perhaps Emery's 3rd star nod on Friday gave him the edge after a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the Capitals.

Nov 2, 6:35 PM

Carkner suspended under rules that don't exist for Emery

Nov 2, 6:35 PM

Two years ago Ottawa Senators forward Matt Carkner was suspended one game for fighting an unwilling combatant under the aggressor rule. New York Rangers forward Brian Boyle was approached by Carkner as an unwilling combatant and did not fight back.

The league decided Saturday they would not suspend Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery for the same type of altercation in Friday night's game between the Flyers and Washington Capitals. The league said the fight between Ray Emery and Braden Holtby could not be punishable under NHL rules.

Brendan Shanahan's video below explaining Carkner's suspension says otherwise. Emery could have been suspended under the "aggressor" rule.

It begs the question, if Holtby decided not to fight back, would Emery be suspended under the aggressor rule? Holtby was still an unwilling combatant but decided to protect himself when he had no other choice.

Nov 2, 10:28 AM

No disciplinary hearings scheduled in wake of Flyers, Capitals brawl

Nov 2, 10:28 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals are both in action tonight. There are, apparently, no disciplinary hearings scheduled for anyone involved in Friday night's Philadelphia melee. 

From CSN reporter Chuck Gormley:

Nov 2, 9:45 AM

Reactions to the Capitals, Flyers Brawl

Nov 2, 9:45 AM

Late into the night on Friday and on into Saturday morning Twitter has been reacting to the massive line-brawl between the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

Some of the criticism has been directed at Ray Emery himself. The Flyers backup goaltender admitted that Holtby didn't want anything to do with the fight:

So was it a "hockey fight" or a "hockey mugging"?

Even outspoken proponents of fighting in hockey, like Sportsnet's Jeff Marek, saw Emery's actions in a negative light:

CSN reporter Sarah Baicker had a similar take:

Toronto Star hockey columnist Damien Cox channeled "Wag the Dog," and pointed out the benefits of a line-brawl for embattled Flyers executives:

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak wasn't impressed:

But what did Vanna think?

Meanwhile there was a lot of criticism for referee Francois St. Laurent, who failed to keep the contest under the control. The Star Tribune's Michael Russo poked some fun at the veteran official:

But there are some legitimate questions as to why St. Laurent allowed Holtby to take the beating he did. TSN reporter Darren Dreger explained St. Laurent's side:

But the thing is, St. Laurent did more than simply ignore the fight. He actively prevented Washington players from defending their goaltender...

Finally, TSN analyst and former player Ray Ferraro has a simple solution to eliminate these sorts of incidents in the future:

Nov 2, 9:02 AM

Ray Emery named third star after Flyers, Capitals brawl

Nov 2, 9:02 AM

In a baffling, embarrassing decision, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery was named the third star of Friday night's game between the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers. That game ended in a 7-0 victory for Washington.

Emery's line is pretty interesting. The goaltender faced 15 shots and permitted four goals for a .733 save-percentage. Emery also amassed 29 minutes in penalties for his role in the brawl including a game misconduct, an instigator, a fighting major, and a "Goalie leaves crease" penalty. Third star worthy, apparently.

Braden Holtby on the other hand withstood a beating, and still stopped all thirty shots he faced for a shutout win. If only that sort of quality goaltending performance was worth recognizing.

Nov 1, 10:24 PM

Luongo chimes in on Emery's fight with Braden Holtby

Nov 1, 10:24 PM

Twitter was abuzz after the line brawl between the Flyers and Capitals that featured a fight between Ray Emery and Braden Holtby, but everyone can stop trying because Roberto Luongo's tweet wins everything.

Nov 1, 10:21 PM

Emery on fight with Holtby: 'He didn't really have much of a choice'

Nov 1, 10:21 PM

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery spoke about his fight with Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals after Friday's fight-filled 7-0 loss, 

Thus far, Braden Holtby has declined to comment on the incident.

Nov 1, 9:48 PM

VIDEO: Flyers and Capitals engage in line brawl, goalie fight

Nov 1, 9:48 PM

Seconds after Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward made the score 7-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers during Friday's game (and amidst chants of "Fire Holmgren" from the Philly faithful), Wayne Simmonds and Tom Wilson dropped the gloves for a spirited tilt, spurring a full out line brawl. Ray Emery and Braden Holtby even got in on the action.

Here's a look at the ensuing and lengthy penalty summary.

The Capitals Twitter feed offered this official response.